Model Y Achieves 5-Star From NHTSA
Yet Another Tesla Model Has Recieved a Top Safety Rating
Tesla has yet again set the bar high with a top safety rating by the NHTSA, scoring 5 stars in the administration's rigorous testing. This success comes just weeks after Tesla released the rear-wheel-drive Standard Range Model Y, which drove their market value to new highs. The NHTSA's rating page for the Model Y can be found here.
The Model Y, based on the Model 3 sedan, started being delivered to consumers in March 2020, with some delays due to the pandemic. The hopes were that the SUV would follow the footsteps of the widely welcomed Model 3, which had achieved a 5-star rating from the safety administration just years before. This dream seems to have come true.
The NHTSA performs a few tests to determine the car's safety rating, including the Frontal Crash, Side Crash, and Rollover tests. The Frontal Crash test utilizes a barrier to simulate a head-on collision between 2 similar vehicles, each traveling at 35 mph. Additionally, it also simulates collisions aimed at the front passenger and another at the driver. The Tesla Model Y did a good job of protecting the 'passengers,' receiving a 5-star rating in this category.
The side crash test is split into 2 categories: the front and the rear. For the former, the side of the car is driven into a pole as part of one test, and into a barrier as part of another. As for the latter, it is only the barrier. As expected, the car scored 5 stars on both the front and rear.
In the rollover test, where there would be a 'single-vehicle, loss-of-control senario,' the Model Y had no tip and posed a rollover risk of 7.9%, the lowest rollover risk recorded in SUVs by the organization. These results earned the SUV a 5-star rating in this category.
The Model Y is one of the safest cars in the market, and as one of the highest-selling cars in Tesla's lineup, it should be. All safety features are standard with this vehicle, except for dynamic headrests (non-adjustable headrests). You can follow this link to the Model Y's page on the NHTSA website to learn more.
Additionally, with both Long-Range AWD models selling very well, it'll be interesting to see if the addition of the Standard-Range RWD model will change the sales demographic of the Model Y. As for Tesla's 2020 performance, I will release an article on that very soon.